Henry I. Miller M.D.
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Viewpoint: Switching to organic food because it's healthier, safer and better for the environment? Think again.
'Organic' is one of the great hoaxes of all time

August 5, 2022  •  Genetic Literacy Project

Many consumers are committed to organic products for reasons that are more emotional than logical. They frequently define their purchasing choices in terms of what they consider to be "wholesome and natural," which often translates to the absence of "synthetic" inputs such as fertilizer and pesticides. For some, the prohibition on "genetically modified" crops (however they might be defined) is another consideration. Sometimes, they assume that in some vague way, organic agricultural practices are better for the planet.

In short, on their dinner table they want something like the farm of the idealized "Old McDonald" children's tune that many of us grew up with. The reality is very different.

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When Politics Is the Art of the IMpossible
The climate change part of the inflation reduction bill is a $369 billion boondoggle

August 5, 2022  •  Real Clear Polilcy

By agreeing to support a massive bill to address climate change, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) seems to have fallen into the same Alice in Wonderland-like rabbit hole occupied by the likes of Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY). In this fantasyland, headlines and virtue signaling are the only objectives. Reality is not allowed to intrude. Facts are irrelevant. Mankind's unquenchable thirst for energy to achieve a higher standard of living does not exist. Nor does the aggressive push we need on nuclear energy, despite its criticality.

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The United States' Use Of Nuclear Weapons 77 Years Ago Was A Moral And Strategic Imperative
"Little Boy" and "Fat Man" saved millions of lives, American and Japanese

August 4, 2022  •  Issues & Insights

Americans are no strangers to "times that try men's souls," to borrow a phrase from Thomas Paine. By mid-1945, the United States had been at war for three-and-a-half years, enduring the draft, separation from loved ones, mounting numbers of casualties, and rationing, with no end in sight. Many Americans were weary, not unlike our feelings now, after two-and-a-half years of privations and anguish related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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In the wake of Biden's COVID-19 infection, here's what regulators should do to limit Paxlovid rebound
A longer course of the drug would probably fix the problem

August 2, 2022  •  Genetic Literacy Project

President Biden's bout with COVID-19 is illustrative of the debate currently raging about "Paxlovid rebound" — the recurrence of symptoms and of testing positive for SARS-CoV-2 after a seemingly successful five-day treatment course of Paxlovid. This phenomenon is not unusual, and it suggests that regulators should modify the terms of the drug's Emergency Use Authorization.

When he headed the Food & Drug Administration, Dr. Frank Young used to admonish his minions that sometimes regulations need to be tempered with common sense. Regulators would do well to apply that advice as the agency ponders whether additional steps are necessary to guide Paxlovid users.

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Politicians Are Like Bacteria: They'll Do Anything to Survive.
Politically motivated policies can compromise public health

August 1, 2022  •  American Council on Science & Health

As an undergraduate and grad student, I cut my research teeth working on bacteria. I found their resilience to be amazing; they'll do anything to survive. If you cultivate them in growth medium with modest amounts of an antibiotic and examine the genetics of the ones that aren't killed, you find mutations of various kinds. For example, some will cause the bacterial cell wall to become impermeable to the drug, or that make the intracellular target resistant to it, or that rapidly metabolize and get rid of the drug. And radical genetic changes enable bacteria called extremophiles to adapt to hostile environments, such as in conditions of extreme temperature, acidity, alkalinity, high pressure, or the absence of oxygen.

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